A Good friend of the Household tells the true story of the Broberg household and the way their trusted pal and neighbor manipulated and violated them
Editorial Intern, PEOPLE
One thing is amiss with the Broberg household‘s neighbor inside the chilling new trailer for A Good friend of the Household.
The Peacock crime thriller is based totally on the harrowing precise story of the way in which obsessive family buddy Robert Berchtold (Jake Lacy) manipulated the Broberg household as a technique to take their daughter from them.
Colin Hanks performs family patriarch Bob, who appears to really feel there’s one thing incorrect together with his neighbor’s relationship alongside together with his partner, Mary Ann (Anna Paquin) and his daughter, Jan. Hanks, 44, is almost unrecognizable in his function as a result of the “big-hearted, sort” Bob, whose description calls him “the very model of a suburban patriarch.”
The sequence strains quite a few years of Jan’s life, from her youthful days, portrayed via Hendrix Yancey, to her teenage years (McKenna Grace), with the real-lifestyles Jan Broberg serving as a producer on the present, alongside her mother.
In a beautiful announcement from Jan, she shares that the sequence tells the story of her “loving, trusting, educated circle of relatives” and the way in which her total world modified eventually.
In 1972, her household met “the nicest new circle of relatives at church,” and a years-lengthy friendship ensued. “Then on a standard afternoon, the daddy kidnapped me — and from age 12 to sixteen I used to be sexually assaulted and sificantly brainwashed by this man who I trusted,” she wrote.
The trailer suggests federal retailers arriving on the Broberg’s home to interrogate them roughly their relationship with Berchtold. “He is nearly a member of the household,” Mary Ann says.
“Nobody thinks that their nice pal is a monster,” Agent Pete Welsh (Austin Stowell) tells them. “However he has all the hallmarks of a psychopathic character.”
Later, Hanks’s man or lady erupts at Berchtold’s spouse Gail (Lio Tipton). “Your husband kidnapped her once more!”
Showrunner Nick Antosca (Sweet, The Act) known as it a “wrenching, difficult story to work on.” He thanked your entire Broberg family, and Jan particularly, for his or her openness all through the strategy. “It is a story roughly survival, and a bigger story in regards to the American psyche and the establishments of circle of relatives, religion, and neighborhood,” he said in a press release.
Because the sequence tells the darkish story of her household and their neighbor’s manipulation of them, Jan hopes it will make people “indant” with a view to boost focus for these types of tales of abuse and start a verbal change.
A Good friend of the Household premieres on Oct. 6 on Peacock.
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